Patriotic Party Planning

July Fourth weekend begins tomorrow and  it’s a great reason for several days of weekend outdoor entertaining. It’s time to finalize those last minute touches to make your Independence Day party a blast! There are no shortages of patriotic ideas floating around the Internet. There are so many, in fact, that it makes it hard to choose from all the red, white and blue summer salads, naked cakes, popsicles, and of course, favorite picnic pleasers.

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So instead of suggesting typical Independence Day party ideas, we’ve decided to enlist our dear friends from Cured Boulder great suggestions from Will, Cured’s resident wine expert:

A Note from Will – 

To accompany wine, we always start things off with a simple platter of cheese and salami..  After all, it’s why we started this store!  This time of year I look to fresh goat’s milk cheeses, harder sheep’s milk cheeses, and big cave aged cheddar’s.  A salami with a bit of spice is always fun, but for something interesting we have been loving a new sweet coppa from a Pittsburgh producer, Crested Duck, that seems tailor-made for summer rose.

I also always think of summer as picnic season and there is nothing better than a quick escape into a shaded park or up into the hills with a bag packed full of small bites and a bottle of wine… . We have a few here we put together quickly, but it’s always fun to help guests custom build the picnic of their dreams.

When I think of wine for summer holiday entertaining I think bright, energetic, and fun bottles – things suitable for the patio, around the grill, or around the table on that rare rainy evening that keeps us inside.

A few of Will’s favorite Wines for July 4th Weekend:

Triennes Rose – $19

Hofer’s Gruner Veltliner – $17

Roncus – $22

Tissot Family’s Cremant de Jura – $25

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